Redefining Equity

Redefining Equity

Learn how black entrepreneurs are redefining “equity” and launching new ventures for financial resilience, investment, and wealth generation

“Black business ownership, more so than even education, is a tangible pathway for African Americans to achieve economic parity and close the racial wealth gap.”

Tiffany Howard, UNLV political science professor and recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) senior research fellow

While business ownership may be a promising path to generational wealth creation for black entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation reports that black entrepreneurs are almost three times as likely as whites to have their profitability hurt by lack of access to capital, and more than twice as likely to be negatively impacted by the *cost* of capital. So how do we ensure that opportunity and support for their financial equity, is equitable itself?

Black entrepreneurs in Houston have been launching new ventures to address these challenges with a systemic approach. Join us to learn from founders Kiley Summers, Phillip Yates, and Tiffany Williams about their startups, the problems they’re working to solve, and how they plan to grow their initiatives and scale their impact for under-represented and underserved entrepreneurs. Who knows: They may inspire you to start your own solutions for equity!

Guest Speakers:

Tiffany L. Williams

Kiley Summers

Attorney Phillip J. Yates

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Think Differently About Thinking Differently

Think Differently About Thinking Differently

This Core Conversation will discuss neurodiversity in the workplace and how we can help individuals thrive as employees and entrepreneurs.

“Even the most highly skilled and verbal adults struggle to find employment, and the problem will only get worse. In 2018 a Houston Chronicle article highlighted that over the next ten years 500,000 autistic teens in the United States will age out of their local funding support systems. This is why creating an autism employability project has become such a passion for me. I desperately want to figure out how to fill in the glaring gap between employers who need loyal, capable workers and these underutilized neurodiverse adults.”

– Maisie Soetantyo, Founder of Autism Career Pathways.

This Core Conversation will discuss how neurodiverse individuals can thrive in the workplace and as entrepreneurs. We’ll discuss the potential and possibilities of embracing neurodiversity and provide you with the confidence to engage talent on the spectrum.

Who should join? This talk will benefit business owners, neurodiverse people, and those who WANT to open their doors to these talented individuals!

Schedule

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Dr. Heidi Ham will provide a Neurodiversity Rundown and how perspectives have to change toward acceptance and inclusion, and step away from pathologizing and fixing.
  • Then, Dr. Ham and Jeffrey Miller will discuss career pathways as well as innovative strategies that have ensured autistic adults have thrived in the workplace.
  • Following the discussion, there will be a Q&A session for attendees to ask their own questions about neurodiversity in entrepreneurship and the workplace.

About our Speakers

Dr. Heidi Stieglitz Ham is a social entrepreneur, autism researcher, adjunct professor at Rice University, and founder of Spectrum Fusion, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Human Communication Disorders, and in 2010 she graduated with her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Edinburgh specializing in autism. After completing her PhD, she taught and conducted research at the University of Queensland before moving to Western Australia. 

After listening to parents across continents share their concerns regarding the lack of opportunities and positive outcomes for their adult children, she created a vision to shape the future of neurodiversity by creating a model grounded in sense-of-belonging, community, embracing the science of hope, and empowering adults on the spectrum to reach their full potential. This conceptual vision was presented at TEDxPerth in 2014.

Dr. Stieglitz Ham founded Spectrum Fusion in 2014 in Australia, and in 2017 brought her concept of a social impact model empowering adults to realize their full potential. She launched the Reactor Room Program: ‘A Shark Tank’ for Adults on the Autism Spectrum designed to create new and innovative opportunities for individuals providing them access to important connections. The Reactor Room Program® is the only program of its kind. Each Reactor Room focuses on the individual needs of participants and brings together business leaders, community connectors, entrepreneurs, and individuals with specialized knowledge who come prepared with their ideas and networks specifically tailored for the participants.

Currently, Dr. Stieglitz Ham is the Principal Investigator on a research study at Rice University assessing the effectiveness of traditional assessment measures that employers typically administer in adults on the autism spectrum.

Jeff Miller is the CEO & Founder of Potentia Workforce, a consulting firm that delivers technology, analytics, and human capital services by leveraging the talents of and providing opportunities to skilled, yet often overlooked neurodiverse individuals.

Jeff is an executive with more than 25 years’ experience leading high-performance organizations that provide innovative solutions to the communities they serve. He has launched and led businesses in the twenty largest markets in North America and across four continents.

Prior to founding Potentia, Jeff was President of a $350M global workforce services firm – delivering record profits while closing four acquisitions in less than eighteen months. Earlier in his career, he was Division President for a healthcare consultancy, taking the firm from start-up to a successful sale in three years. Jeff began his career for a Boston-based technology consulting firm where he was promoted four times before the age of thirty.

After his son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, Jeff began a deep exploration into neurodiversity which ultimately led to the formation of Potentia – combining multiple passions to bring innovation and corporate America and opportunity to the remarkable and often underemployed, neurodiverse community.

Jeff is a sought after thought leader and has appeared numerous times on television, at conferences, and online – sharing his experiences on leadership, neurodiversity and finding your purpose. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Gateway Academy, a Houston-area High School for students with learning differences.

A graduate of Williams College, Jeff lives in the Houston area with his wife Samantha and awesomely cool teenage son, Charlie.

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Both Sides: Post-Election Convo on The State of Texas, Startups & Our Union

Both Sides: Post-Election Convo on The State of Texas, Startups & Our Union

Join us for this Post-Election Core Conversation with diverse startup and community leaders on The State of Texas, Startups, and Our Union!

Join us for this Post-Election #CoreConversation with diverse startup and community leaders on The State of Texas, Startups, and Our Union!

In the spirit of bridging communities and building understanding, we are excited to announce our newest #THIS2020 event: “Both Sides: Post-Election Core Conversation on The State of Texas, Startups, and Our Union.”

After the initial conversation among our panelists, we’ll invite questions for discussion on the 2020 election, outcomes and the political landscape that lies ahead.

Topics covered include:

  • What have the #Election2020 results revealed about American voters and civic engagement?
  • What has this election cycle revealed about democracy?
  • How have diverse groups shaped this year’s election?
  • What trends are impacting local, state and national election outcomes?
  • What impact will the results have on Texas? Its startups? Our communities?
  • What does our shared future look like?

Moderator and Panelists:

Climathon 2020: Final Stretch Work Night!

Climathon 2020: Final Stretch Work Night!

You’re invited to a final work session to refine your solutions for Climathon 2020 before the submission deadline on DevPost!

Over 100 participants have already registered to participate in Climathon Houston 2020! Maybe you already attended the info session or the kick-off event… or maybe you just found out about this opportunity!

Everyone is welcomed to continue working on your #ClimateAction solutions.

We’re coordinating one more opportunity for you to work on your solutions before the Nov 18th submission deadline. Zoom Breakout Rooms will be set up for each team so you can collaborate one last time!

Featured Challenges

Transportation

This Challenge will be led by the team at EVolve Houston. EVolve Houston has set short- and long-term targets to increase the awareness, affordability, and availability of electrified transportation in the Greater Houston area. The Electric Vehicle Roadmap, developed in collaboration with over 40 stakeholders, sets forth the goal for 30% of new car sales to be EV by the year 2030.

Energy Transition

#1 – Make Houston the leader in carbon capture technology and energy innovation.

#2 – Restore, protect, and enhance Houston’s natural ability to capture and store carbon.

Building Optimization

#1 – Reduce building energy use and maximize savings.

#2 – Expand investment in energy efficiency.

Materials Management

#1 – Reduce waste and transform the circular economy.

#2 – Optimize waste operations and create power from waste.

Realizing Houston’s Climate Action Plan

On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first Climate Action Plan. The plan is the culmination of thousands of volunteer time from industry professionals, policy stakeholders, and community advocates. Together the working groups have laid out a concise plan to address the climate challenges that Houston faces along with maintaining a leadership role in the energy transition.

This year’s Climathon will look to realize some of the goals of the plan through design sprints led by local subject matter experts in the areas of Transportation, Energy Innovation, Building Optimization, and Materials Management.

Join us in addressing these issues with real-world solutions to these pressing problems we face together!

If you’re ready to submit your idea or prototype, please do so on DevPost: https://climathon2020.devpost.com/

Thank you to our sponsors:

Sponsor this year’s Climathon: https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-climathonhouston2020sponsorship

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Houston’s Climate Action Ecosystem

Houston’s Climate Action Ecosystem

Learn about Houston’s climate and environmental impact ecosystem and how you can get involved!

Learn about Houston’s climate and environmental impact ecosystem and how you can get involved, from Rachel Powers, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC).

CEC’s MISSION: To foster dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston / Gulf Coast region.

Our vision is an environmental community recognized as a vital part of the fabric of our society. We connect concerned citizens and community leaders with well over 100 diverse environmental organizations. We share, support, and enhance their efforts and environmental advocacy. We do this through our programs, which include events that enhance understanding, and publications that give a balanced perspective on environmental issues.

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

Building an Intentional, Inclusive and International Ecosystem

Building an Intentional, Inclusive and International Ecosystem

Meet the organizations that are working towards an intentional, inclusive and international entrepreneurial ecosystem for Houston!

Did you know that although Hispanic business owners represent the fastest growing share of entrepreneurs in the United States, they represent only 3% of those who have scaled?

Hispanics make up nearly 44% of the population in Harris County, making them the largest ethnic group, and make up about 38% of small business owners are in the Greater Houston area, a figure that doubled within the last five years. These enterprises cover a wide range of industries including professional services and hotel and restaurant ownership, but when it comes to resources and funding to Latino entrepreneurs, relative to other demographic groups, the Small Business Administration shows this ethnic group have the lowest loan funding for their enterprises.

Researchers agree there is a great need for resources and access to support for Hispanic entrepreneurs. Join us for this diverse and international panel to learn from several organizations who are working to do just that, with a variety of entrepreneurial, training and upskilling programs that bridge cultural and opportunity gaps.

Guest Speakers and Supporting Organizations

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

#THIS2020 Pre-Game AMA with InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms

#THIS2020 Pre-Game AMA with InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms

Want to know why Houston’s so hot? Join this AMA with InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms moderated by Impact Hub Houston CEO Grace Rodriguez

Join InnovationMap Editor Natalie Harms and Impact Hub Houston CEO/Executive Director Grace Rodriguez for a conversation that will set the scene for The Houston Innovation+Impact Summit 2020.

THIS AMA will explore what’s hot and happening in Houston — as well as touch on the shifts and trends that have emerged over the years since InnovationMap first launched. We invite you to ask Natalie anything about Houston’s innovation ecosystem during … and learn about the can’t-miss events of the week!

Entrepreneurs, Investors, Innovators & Changemakers: Join us for more #THIS2020 Events! See the full calendar of 35+ *virtual* talks, panels, hackathons and more at https://thehoustonimpactsummit.com/

Help promote and expand inclusivity and equity across Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Sponsor THIS today! > https://www.betterunite.com/impacthubhouston-this2020sponsorship

*** Please NOTE: This AMA will be recorded by Impact Hub Houston and YAWP Records for future use by InnovationMap, potentially as content for their website and/or podcast. Attendees who choose to participate in the AMA consent to such recording and use and release all parties from future claims.

Webinar on Frugal Innovation · Lafiya Week

Webinar on Frugal Innovation · Lafiya Week

Ever feel like you have a great business idea, but you’re lacking the funds to take next steps?

Join us on Monday, 16 Nov at 4:30pm GMT for a conversation with Laud Anthony Basing of Incas Diagnostics to hear his story of early struggles, exciting achievements, and how you can innovate to get started before the money arrives.

This session is part of the Lafiya Week, a series of conversations for health startups in West Africa, organised on the side of the Geneva Health Forum 2020 and hosted by the African Health Innovation Centre, Impact Hub Basel, Impact Hub Accra, and Impact Hub Dakar.

Please note that the session will be held in English.

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About Lafiya Innovators

Lafiya Innovators is a startup incubation program to support and accelerate early to mid-stage startups addressing challenges around health and determinants of health throughout emerging economies.

For the first edition, Lafiya Innovators went to West Africa. Three early-stage startups in Dakar, Senegal and three mid-stage startups in Accra, Ghana received direct support for 6 months, in the fields of social entrepreineushp, business development and health innovation.

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Please note that by registering and participating in this event, you agree to the recording of your appearance and/or your voice, which Verein Impact Hub Basel can publish in photos, videos and accompanying sound recordings via online and offline media and for marketing purposes